A new wildfire in northern Eagle County has forced authorities to close Highway 131. The wildfire, called the “Alkali Fire” is burning near 4 Eagle Ranch north of Wolcott. The fire has also been called the “4 Eagle Fire” by Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center or RMACC.

The fire had burned 100 acres by 3:45 p.m. Friday and was zero percent contained.

Smoke may be seen from the Beard Creek/Singletree area. One helicopter is on scene and two single-engine air tankers along with a large air tanker are assisting ground crews.

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